Research Article

Preoperative skin preparation: clinical evaluation of depilatory cream.

Br Med J 1976; 2 doi: (Published 13 November 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;2:1166
  1. S J Powis,
  2. T A Waterworth,
  3. D G Arkell


    Preoperative hair removal by a depilatory cream was compared with routine shaving. Although the incidence of wound infection was similar in both groups, cream depilation was found to be better. It was effective, atraumatic, non-toxic, and could be self-administered. Furthermore, it could be used safely on granulating wounds and did not support bacterial growth. Depilation was associated with a significant reduction in skin surface bacteria and proved to be cheaper than shaving.